house photos

Welcome to our home!

There are photos of the entire process of designing and building our first Tiny Home throughout the blog, but I also wanted to share a page of finished photos of our house.

Raw start – our foundation.

check out this older post about the trailer for more info.

We bought the trailer at the end of February 2012 and moved in mid-May 2012.  2.5 months construction time, 3 month total design-build time.  (this fast schedule was only possible because I am a designer and Shane is a custom home builder.  Even for us it was chaotic and stressful at this pace.  Tiny houses we’ll build in the future will probably take 3.5 to 4 months total.)

Shane raising the walls:

Framing the walls.

Check out this older post for more info on framing the walls.

Finished Exterior Photos:

The front door and deck.

Fixed windows that can face south in the winter to gather passive solar heat.

The high, long, fixed window over the living room couch provides views and daylight while not compromising privacy.

The back of the house. Or front. Depending on your perspective! The bedroom is located over the gooseneck hitch.

Moving the house to our first rental site. $300 per month, all utilities included.

Driving through Albuquerque on our way to our new home site in Santa Fe.

Video Tour of the Interior:

Here’s a video tour of the interior that HLN Making It in America put together for us:

Finished Interior Photos:

Cooking in the kitchen. Bathroom and bedroom beyond.

Working at the swivel table in the living room.

Dishes in the kitchen.

Dishes in the kitchen.

Shower with bathroom sink inside.

Incinerating toilet in the bathroom.

View through the bathroom into the bedroom.  Clothes are hung in the under-bed closet.

View through the bathroom into the bedroom. Clothes are hung in the under-bed closet.

Storage-drawer stairs access the bed on either side.

Storage-drawer stairs access the bed on either side.

Bedroom viewing storage loft above bathroom.

Living in the Tiny House:

Laundry Day! Using the retractable clothesline that was a gift from Shane’s parents. Perfect.

American Gothic pose at our new home site in Santa Fe, NM. We trenched a water line and electrical line to the house and added a stairs, a gravel path and patio.

Storm clouds brewing in Santa Fe, NM.  A forest fire 15 miles away near Pecos is causing amazing sunsets and cloud formations.  Having a house we could hitch up makes me less worried about the threat of forest fires.

Storm clouds brewing in Santa Fe, NM. A forest fire 15 miles away near Pecos is causing amazing sunsets and cloud formations. Having a house we could hitch up makes me less worried about the threat of forest fires.

Hope you enjoyed the tour of our tiny house!

Check out the blog for detailed information along each step of the journey.

take good care and

may all your {tiny} dreams come true….

Carrie and Shane.


109 thoughts on “house photos

  1. Liz

    Looks Awesome, Guys! I love your clean designs and use of windows! My husband really wants to live in a tiny house but I’m not sure…. I am getting more excited about it all the time though. Just wish we lived somewhere warmer than Chicago, so we could use the outdoors as a living space more. A yert seems like it would be an awesome extra space, too! I’m wondering; what do you do your laundry in?

    Can’t wait to read your blog!

    • thanks for the comment!
      what is it about husbands wanting to live in tiny houses?! Mine really did too, and I wasn’t sure either…. but I really love it now. yes, true, hard to do much outside in Chicago in the winter.
      we do our laundry either at the laundromat, or in a bucket and line-dry it. there are small countertop washing “machines” that are intriguing…I think it’s called the Wonderwash.
      best to you!

      • I’ve been more and more interested in the Panda mini washer and the Nina soft spin dryer. Check on Amazon or Laundry-Alternative for those. Lots of reviews from people living in apartments in big cities. There is a faster spinning dryer but LA seems to show it out of stock lately.

      • Jen

        My husband and I own a Wonderwash and I have to tell you it’s worth the investment. The only things you can’t wash in it are towels, sheets and blankets, due to the size. I can’t recommend it enough and can’t wait to put it to use in our tiny house, which we are currently saving to build.

      • Patricia

        I ordered the little hand crank machine and spin dryer at and I love mine. No electricity and really gets the laundry clean.

      • Erika Busch

        I’m the exact opposit, I really want to live in one, but my husband isn’t keen on it.

        I can’t decide if I want to a portable one or stationary. We’re wanting to start a family and he’s not keen on how this would play out, living in a confined area. I think this is a great alternative as we live in a really expensive and think this is the solution to our financial problem.

        Are you still living in the tiny house?

      • tiny houses are VERY small, much better for one person, in our experience. claustrophobia is almost guaranteed. as is tripping on each other.
        we lived in the tiny house for 18 months, then took a break, and have been back living in it for the last 3 months, next door to our normal house as we finish building it. it hasn’t been so bad the past few months, but we’re on our land and I can see a roomier future right next door!
        it’s a tough call because a tiny house can cut your living expenses down to half or a third of “normal” rent or mortgage, allowing an accumulation of savings not available when paying typical living expenses. but there are definite costs / sacrifices. it sounds like your husband knows what is best for him. always good to heed gut instincts. or… check Air BNB and see if there’s one you could rent for a week or so to try it on for size.
        best of luck!

    • Crystal

      lol! i’m the one trying to convince my hubby to live in one! DO IT! you’ll LOVE it i’m sure 🙂

    • Try vacationing 2 wks in an RV……it will let you know right away if you would like living a tiny house. We have a 24 ft RV with a slide out and love it. So I know I would love living in a tiny house. We own a 1000 sq ft home and only use the bedroom, kitchen and bath. We will be retiring in a couple of years and be full time RVers. Like living in a Tiny House. Can’t wait. God Bless and enjoy life while you can.

      • great idea, except to get an accurate picture of living in a tiny house make sure you vacation in an RV without slide outs… or even rent a tiny house! Check out:

      • Marcy

        Marigold, I think your suggestion is great. It’s one thing to spend the weekend in a small space, but to live in one is very different.

      • Sandi

        I’ve been feeling like I want the RV life myself. It IS just me and my doggie- so this tiny house lifestyle could work also- doesn’t seem much different than an RV. Affordability is the only thing holding me up! Pat all of you on the back for DOING IT!

    • lol i hand wash lots of clothes but towels and sheets blankets and jeans i do not to hard , but socks under things.. t-shirts ..shorts i do i even do washcloths and dish towels , in a bucket ,,people did it this way for years . my teen has lots of things that need to e hand washed

    • Sandi

      I love the practicality too. All space used not wasted- multi-use areas, etc.

  2. Anthony Rizzo

    I love the clean white wall interior. Most tiny home designs look crowded with the wood panel designs. I’m glad you guys opted for something different. It makes it look so bright and roomy on the inside. I’m also curious, was it difficult to find a rental spot for your tiny house. Also would you just as easily be able to lay a concrete slab on your own lot and park it there to live in if there was no main house? Thanks for sharing your build. How much are you planning to charge for your custom constructions?

    • hi Anthony, thanks for the comment! we love the clean white interior too – really helps it feel spacious.
      it was a bit of work to find a rental spot – we finally just happened upon an ad on craigslist for an RV site with hookups. it’s the slab of a garage that was torn down so we are parked on a concrete slab right now.

      regarding parking it on your own lot: there are a lot of code restrictions against RV’s / mobile / small dwellings – check zoning codes. they are usually only allowed if there IS a main house already – which kind of defeats the purpose of tiny living! and they are only sometimes allowed. we’ve accepted the fact that we’ll have to live outside the codes, which is fine by us, as the codes of late, especially regarding minimum house size, are largely created by realtors / investors for their interests. I can understand the zoning codes that don’t want a bunch of houses crammed on one property though – but those may have to change as populations increase and people downsize for economic and environmental reasons.

      and feel free to contact us directly for pricing!
      take care,

  3. Crystal

    i’d love a tiny home with the kitchen on one end, bath on the other end (front door on the long wall), living in the middle, with double lofts & 2 dormers in each loft. designed on an at least 20×8 trailer… a made some crude hand drawings… can ya do that??!!

    • hi Crystal, thanks for the comment!
      we could do that plan! the only trick with side doors is the wheel wells, and building the walls high enough for the door height. but the loft style requires higher side walls anyway. our 5th wheel style has 6′-4″ high side walls, saving on materials and lowering overall height.

  4. Paty & Mike

    i love your tiny house. it so different to the ones i have seen. there is so much light! i love that u got so creative with using the space differently. my husband and I we live in Canada and it has been difficult for us to find people building tiny houses here, but we have the plan of moving into one in a year or 2, such a simple lifestyle. i was wondering, how do i contact u do to have info regarding the plans, and if u would be willing to build it here in Canada, also, of course i would like to know about pricing, i know is a long way, just wanted to know.
    keep up the tiny and simple lifestyle! 🙂

    • Thanks for you comment and contacting us I sent you and email with more detailed pricing.

      After moving our 600 miles in one day I would not have any problems taking in anywhere and it would also give us a good reason to come and visit Canada.

      Thanks and check your email.

      • Robert L

        I’m interested in small housing, but do not have the funds to have one built. With that in mind, would you consider selling plans that I and my carpenter buddies could build ourselves?

      • yes! we will have plans available here on the site very soon! stay tuned…
        – Carrie

  5. Robin

    I love your design of having the sink in the shower. Bet it makes cleaning the bathroom easier :- )
    I have been looking at something called Sing Honeycomb Insulated panels for building a house. Do you have or know anyone with experience with these?

    • We don’t have any experience with those panels, sorry! I have stumbled across a few people on the internet who wanted to build (and maybe were building?) a tiny house with SIPS, so you could google tiny house and SIPS or structurally insulated panels.
      good luck!
      – Carrie

  6. Andrew

    I LOVE your small trailerable house!!!! What materials did you use for the interior walls and ceiling? I would imagine drywall would crack with trailer flexing and jostling. Can you advise what the material choice was? Also, what is your exterior siding? What did you use that would stand up to highway generated wind speeds? Thanks, Andrew.

    • hi Andrew, thank you!
      we used 1/2″ lightweight drywall in the interior with a special flexible joint tape, in lieu of standard drywall paper joint tape. it hasn’t cracked at all!
      exterior siding is an off-the-shelf compressed cedar-chip siding painted with galvanized z-bar flashing between each 12″ piece. you can read about both of these endeavors in past blog entries.
      take care!

  7. Mary Patricia Anne Letcher

    Hemotoxic snakes? Arizona is full of them. Lots of stones, rubble where they hide, and dry, dry, dry country. What do you do to prevent being bitten? And where do you obtain your water?
    Is that a Berkey filter I see on your kitchen counter?

    • I never saw a snake in Arizona actually. tarantulas and scorpions, but no snakes. we live in New Mexico now and have a well, but the water tastes horrible, even after filtering through the Berkey, so we buy R.O. water at the grocery store for 39 cents a gallon, filling up the bottom reservoir of the Berkey for a dispenser.
      – Carrie

  8. Brilliantly designed, one thought, cabinets over kitchen along the slanted roof.?

    • thanks! yes, I thought about putting doors on those little lofts, hard to make them work with the sloped roof, maybe something out of fabric…. but for now we just have easy access to the few things we store up there, but that’s a good idea. we didn’t want any upper cabinets above the kitchen counters because it would pinch down the width and make it feel smaller, we wanted the storage low.
      – Carrie

  9. BMK

    Hey, I love the way you’ve designed your home. I’ve seen a few tiny homes that have high sleeping lofts. But yours is much lower, which is quite practical. Though i don’t live in US but the idea of downsizing and living in a home like yours is gr8. I have always dreamt of having a home on wheels and which I’m sure i would someday. It brings you so much closer to yourself and the world outside.

    Your home looks very cozy & nice.

    I wanted to know a few things
    A) How practical are composting toilets?
    B) Can someone living in such homes forever or is this used only as vacation homes?
    C) Can they survive harsh weather conditions like heavy rains & winds?
    D) Ain’t it difficult to change the tyre in case of puncture?

    • hi there!
      thanks for your comments. “closer to yourself”…. I’ve never thought of it that way. I like it. true, I think.
      a) we have an incinerating toilet which is practical if you have plenty of electricity and you’re not too close to neighbors. (there are propane versions too. the exhaust smells bad.) I’m not sure about composting toilets. they could work great if you had somewhere to put the compost for a year to let it cure / inoculate.
      b) we’re living in ours full time though it is a means to an end (buying a bit of land and building our own off-grid home) you could totally live in one forever though!
      c) ours is designed and built better than a regular home with insulation and waterproofing that makes it very resistant to weather. shade is important to handle heat over 90 degrees.
      d) we actually have ours parked up on jacks, so it would be super easy to jack it up and change a tire.

  10. very nice work you two! Enjoyed checking out your pictures-what a cute couple! My guy and I are doing something similar with small homes, but on permanent foundations. People are hungry for it! Much love!

  11. Jimmie Berg

    I really like the white oval cups that you have hanging on the metal shelving. Where did you find them and what brand is your metal shelving? We are remodeling a 1955 Spartan Royal Mansion to live in and your ideas and pictures have really inspire me.


    Jimmie Berg

    • Hi Jimmie,
      thanks for the comment! the white oval cups are ceramic and like the metal shelving, folding dish rack and magnetic knife rack, are from Ikea.
      best of luck with the Royal Mansion… sounds really nice!
      – Carrie

  12. Jimmie Berg

    Thank you so much! We are in the process of gutting the mansion now. Good bones, but lots of damage to the birch interior. I want something quite simple. We are in our sixties and ready to get lean and enjoy the country. We also have four pomeranians – inherited three to add to our one. Any hints on staying sane with four furballs is appreciated.


    • four dogs!!! wow. well, at least they’re small. haha. we have a designated spot for our dog’s kennel / bed and that works well. I would suggest building that in somehow, maybe under the couch or dining banquettes, but don’t just leave four dog beds out on the floor. we’ve found it’s so important to minimize loose objects, aka “clutter”.
      also, we have had great luck with a little hand-held vacuum that we purchased when we moved into our tiny house. It’s a cordless Black and Decker “Pilot Vac” 18v. The only complaint with it is the short battery life (only lasts long enough to sweep the house once) but it’s essential for daily dog hair sweeps.
      are you going to blog the renovation process? would love to see photos!
      take care,

      • Jimmie Berg

        Yes, I am going to blog the whole thing! The dogs are going to have designated spots. The three we inherited were not trained and are used to going on carpet – yuck! We are in the process of cleaning and redoing a 3500 give or take house that belongs to my inlaws. Will start keeping a record of the project.

  13. Charlotte

    I am seriously looking at a “tiny home”. However I live in a coastal community and am wondering if you had any problems with insurance for your home? Now I realize that living where you are and basically on the beach where I am are totally different, but just wondered…since it is moveable is it insured through your car insurance, or is it listed a a modular or trailer type home?

    • hi there, thanks for your comment!
      regarding insurance… there has been a lot about this written on tiny house forums across the web, including the tinyhouseblog, and unfortunately it is nigh on impossible to insure a custom built tiny house. the insurance companies want it to be built by a licensed mobile home builder. we haven’t tried Lloyds of London, which will insure things as obscure as J.Lo’s legs? butt? right now we don’t have insurance for ours, and I think you’ll find that the norm among tiny housers. not sure about specific insurance like flood insurance, check it out with NFIP or your insurance carrier.
      best wishes!

  14. Roseann

    Absolutely brilliant design! I really like the idea of having the bed over the hitch. One of my main concerns is climbing in and out of a loft when I become old and crotchety, and this is a great solution.

    Several questions:
    1) What are the dimensions of the finished house, including the space for the bed?
    2) Are you able to fit a queen size mattress up there or is that a full?
    3) Where do you keep the hot water heater and other such things? I saw the propane heater on the wall but couldn’t find an electrical box or anything similar.
    4) Where is the fridge kept?

    • hi Roseann, thanks for your comment. in response to your questions:
      1) the house is about 8′-0 x 24′-0 overall
      2) the bedroom space is about 7′-4″ wide x 8′-4″ long inside, and yes, that is enough room for a queen size bed.
      3) hot water heater is on-demand propane (so tankless) and is in the wall over our kitchen counter and fridge. breaker panel is under the hitch on the exterior.
      4) fridge is undercounter in the kitchen next to the sink.
      you can see some of this in the plans on the “our plan” page…

  15. Hi, this is really one of the nicest tiny homes on wheels that I have seen. Very clean and beautiful design, especially with the high windows. My husband wondered if you had considered steel studs instead of wood to save on some weight. Not sure if they make aluminum studs but that would be even lighter. I guess if you didn’t move it much the weight would not matter though.

  16. What material did you use for exterior?

  17. Bobbie

    Extremely well done. One of my favorite tiny homes. Excellent layout, I can really see that you are a designer! So Impressed.

  18. I love the design! Especially the bedroom. Like so many, I cannot climb a ladder to get to bed every night. Love the storage under it. Great job!

  19. elizabeth mackes

    Love the bedroom, the sink in the shower, and the open feel. Delightful.

  20. Roseann

    What are the dimensions of the shower?

    • mar1838

      Should also add: what are the dimensions of the bathroom as a whole?

      • the bathroom is 32″ x 7′-6″ (the width of the interior of the house). the shower is a standard 32″ square.

  21. I’ve lived in several remodeled cabins in New England, and I am sold on Tiny Cabins. I had elevated beds and/or sleeping lofts in my places, so your place looked like home to me.

  22. If you don’t need to move your cabin around, you can build wider – and higher, which I prefer. A larger sleeping loft with enough room for a dresser is very nice. I like the little tray table at the couch… Here in Hawaii, homes (of all sizes) naturally flow into outdoor spaces, so little houses can work well. If I were going to build from scratch, I think I’d put in numerous small windows, located so looking out would be easy from multiple places inside.

  23. Linda Sola

    What is the square footage of your place? Do you have any floor plans?

    • Linda Sola

      I went back and reread more of your site and found the answers to my questions. Thanks for providing me with a full afternoon of inspiration. I hope to act on it soon.

  24. Frank (upstate NY)

    Again….I think your’ designs are a good compromise all the way around now…when/if you guys consider building another one….I’m ready…I can’t afford 35,000,…but I can afford to be the major laborer for a 3-4 week period; built it, pay you, and move out…or stay and help you build a larger business doing this….this is fun work. You too are mature, smart and think like-minded to myself.

    Thank you.
    Frank in upstate NY supplemedatverizondotnet

  25. Manda

    Best little house design I’ve seen!

  26. Tanessa

    Overall how do you like the bathroom situation? Personally I would need a little more privacy when using the toilet or shower.

  27. Alexander

    Thank you guys to share…I just move froma 3 floorhouse to a tiny flat…see your made me happy
    xxxAlec (london)

  28. Gerrie

    Nice little house. Cozy and functional. But, I am curious why you and other builders place their Dickenson Heaters so high up on the wall. Wouldn’t placing it lower keep your feet and pets warmer, especially since you have no loft, and also give more of an eye level, fireplace feel?
    Thanks, Gerrie from SHS

    • Hi Gerrie,
      thanks for writing!
      that’s a good question about the heaters… they do get very hot to the touch so maybe it’s a burn issue. or the length of the flue pipe that comes with it? I’ll have to ask Shane…
      – Carrie

  29. when I was looking at the Tumbleweed houses I looked up information on the heaters. Seems you can only install the flue pipe that comes with it and only one extension. That limits the length of the flue and would dictate how low on the wall you can place it. The Dickenson web site also stated how tight you can curve the flue if you want it to go out the wall instead of the roof but that still limits things a bit.

    • that sounds about right, the manufacturer has a limit to how long the flue can be.

    • Gerrie

      The early Tumbleweeds had very long pipes (unless the pictures were Photoshopped). Also, Dickenson heaters are built for boats with low headroom and tight quarters. I can see why a long pipe is not used. But a trailer with 11 ft ceilings? I just don’t get it unless it is some sort of drafting issue.
      Thanks, Gerrie

      • Looking on the Dickinson web site the manual for the heaters states a minimum of 20″ and maximum of 56″ for the flue. The heater comes with a 28″ flue and an extension of another 10″ *OR* 28″ is available. It is likely a safety issue related to draft for these units. They are in fact designed for boats with very low overheads but some boats may have a higher overhead than others so the extension is available. It is a design requirement by this company and product I am sure. Therefor what you see in the Tumbleweed homes is the 28″ stock flue plus the 28″ extension making it 56″ to the ceiling (4′ 8″) and that’s why the heater is mounted higher on the wall than what might seem efficient. There was at least one Tumbleweed home I found with the flue going through the wall just above the heater so that one was without the extension. I thought at the time that the flue looked like it was curved too tightly and may tend to crimp too much for how it was installed. The less curve the better. The attraction of these heaters other than their compact size is that they are double vented in one pipe so fresh air is pulled in through the outer pipe and exhaust goes out through the inner pipe. No fresh air is pulled from inside the room and no moisture or exhaust into the room resulting from combustion. An ideal heater for a tiny house provided you get the right size for the house. The heaters also have a 12vdc fan that blows heated air from the top of the unit down toward the floor below the unit so mounting a little high on the wall is not as much of a problem as it would seem. The manual covers all the details you would want to know.
        Here is the manual for the P12000 heater:

        Click to access Propane%20Heater%20P9P12%20Manual.pdf

  30. $48,000?? I think I will start out with a nicely used RV instead. Don’t have to spend so much money to build a tiny home, besides I can always build and addition on if i need abit more room.

    • Yes, used RV’s are much cheaper and much more mobile than a tiny house. A tiny house offers insulation for all four seasons, higher quality all-natural building materials, higher ceilings, and the aesthetic of a “real” house or cabin. There are definitely pros and cons with both alternatives.

  31. Gerrie

    Thanks Bob!

  32. Greetings from Melbourne Australia,
    Thank you for your wonderful, information packed web site, I love it.
    And your home, it’s beautiful, exactly what I’ve drempt about.
    Due to ill health we had to sell up & move to the city but we still have a block in the country that would be perfect for parking this.
    I think this will be my new project, thanks once again.

  33. I may have missed it earlier but I just noticed a few photos updated or added. The two showing the closet now with the curtains. All of them are great.

  34. thanks Bob! you are very observant! I also added the HLN video of the interior tour…
    hope you’re well.
    – Carrie

  35. Just detail oriented. Thought that video was also new.
    Doing well here, thanks. Is the air getting any better or the fires in your region lessened?

  36. Yves De Moor

    Perfect setting for 2 people who love each other and support each other. You must be happier than a lot of people living on high cost and expenditures.

  37. Julia

    I love this! I saw that you said you will build. Do you just build on trailers? Do you build anywhere in the US? I would have to draw something up that would provide a little more space. But it wouldn’t be for a while. I love the closet under the bed!

    • Hi there!
      we build on anything! conventional homes as well as tiny homes.
      contact us if we can be of assistance in designing / building your place!

  38. Carrie: Love EVERYTHING about your tiny house. Our Mennonite tiny house construction crew built our first TH and put on our sales lot and everyone LOVES it. However, most of the interested buyers for our tiny house are older folks who can’t do the loft/ladder. I love your idea of an elevated bed, and the shower/sink combo is a great space saver. We will keep these thoughts for our next model. Thanks for sharing! And keep blogging!

  39. Gary pollock

    I am doing a 26 foot fifth wheel with a tip out. I like the idea of using the galvanized sheeting for the shower surrouund. Did you put some sort of finish or sealer on it? My experience has been getting a lot of black residue on my hands from it.

    • Hi there!
      we did not put a sealer on our aluminum shower paneling. ours is not galvanized though… black residue sounds almost like raw steel…
      we get a lot of hard water build up on our sheeting, but other than that the metal is fine even in the wet location. (our water is so hard we can’t even drink it though.) I still don’t think I would use a sealant if we had to do it again – the hard water would still leave residue and the sealant would inevitably come off with cleaning / scrubbing.

  40. aloma hodgen

    This would be my dream home right now! Would you consider coming to South Africa to build a mini home for me 🙂

  41. This is the nicest small home sleeping arrangement I’ve seen. It’s great for someone who does not want to climb a ladder but wishes to make efficient use of space. I love the lightness and airiness of your home and that the kitchen actually has some working counter space!

  42. mcristen

    Your sleeping arrangement is the nicest I’ve seen. I appreciate the light and open feeling, and the dual storage-staircase design. For an older person like myself, it would be easier to access than by a ladder. I also appreciate the real working-amount of counter space in your kitchen!

    • thanks!
      I think a bed accessed from both sides is absolutely imperative for two individuals! no one wants to be the monkey sleeping in the back against the wall!

      we love the steps, safe and easy and they’re like dressers you can walk on!

  43. Mark Eberhardt

    Very nice looking tiny house and great bedroom layout with easy access for both people! I think this is the direction I will take instead of a loft style. After building did you get the pin and axle weights? Do you have plans available for sale yet? Thanks for your website. What an inspiration!

  44. jonathan

    I like the stairs to the bed and under bed hanging . It would be good to know if the closet rods are able to be pulled out or are they a front hanging rod parallel to the foot ? I am trying to make my own design for a tiny home which is currently at 288 sq. feet on a sold foundation on private property with homestead exemption .I have a similar plan for the bathroom sink and shower . I will have an overhead rainfall shower in a sunken concrete basin . Debating on the overall effectiveness of only having one sink in the home at the kitchen sink , next to the bathroom. Also wanting to have off grid capability as a back up . This is a hurricane prone area where I live. I am getting older so I do not want a loft to climb up and down in. My original plan has a stairs to a loft , but this is much better. If I was you , you should patent this design .

    • glad you like our design! the closet rod is parallel to the foot of the bed, like you suggested, about 14″ back, with 14″ behind. closets need to be at least 24″ deep for hanging clothes. the sink in the shower is handy for brushing teeth, etc. especially when there are dishes drying over the kitchen sink…

  45. Hi Carrie! Your house looks wonderful and cozy! I’m wondering how you were able to find rental space. Did you put out an ad? Or are you in a park?

  46. Kim Moore

    Your home is beautiful. It looks very “spacious” inside also. Love the design of the bed over the 5th wheel hook up! We currently have a trailer like yours. I’m trying desperately to talk my husband into building a tiny home with it. He’s into the tiny home idea, but he wants the trailer for him and our son to pull their antique tractors with….BORING! LOL We live in Ohio where the weather can be a bit cold in the winter but we are checking into all kinds of ways to keep the heat in. I’m super excited about it and your home has helped even more. Maybe if I show the pictures to him he’ll be more apt to do it with what we’ve got. Like one of the other people that left a comment, we live in a bigger home right now and only use the bedroom, bath, kitchen (which he’s the cook and we don’t need much space) and living room. LOVE your design! Thank you for sharing!

  47. brad

    Except the toilet, this is perfect solution.

    Maybe you should poop outside.

    It will decompose faster than we think.

    I cannot live in a house having poop in it.

  48. eaustin

    Thumbs ups!!! I knew it could be done ….but every plumber told me NO!
    I live in a converted garage. LOVE IT!! Except my bathroom. not happy with the way it is set-up.
    Every time I shower Or use the sink… I get that way. Now I have a picture that I will show next year when I get an updated remolding of this eye sore.
    Thank You again,

    from Grannie 68!

  49. Renee

    I am currently designing plans for a tiny house and trying to raise money to build. I read your post about using the gooseneck and that makes sense to me for stability and safety, but I am hoping to keep mine pretty small, only 18-20 feet long. Does that makes a difference for towing safely if it’s smaller? I also plan on traveling a lot with my tiny house, which is the main reason I plan on building one, how did yours hold up with travel and what are some extra considerations that are important when building to make sure it’s sturdy enough for a lot of travel? Thanks for the advice and I love your tiny house and this website!

    • a gooseneck is a lot safer to tow, and yes, the smaller it is the easier to handle when towing, parking, etc.
      ours held up really well when traveling! no sign of any stress after our 3 moves.
      regarding making a tiny house sturdy enough to travel, we built ours using standard building methods required in hurricane and earthquake prone areas – anchor bolts attaching sill plates to trailer, hurricane tie downs at top and bottom plates (standard Simpson hardware) and full plywood (not OSB) exterior sheathing for shear strength.
      if you’re driving 65-70 on the interstate it’s similar to being in a hurricane and earthquake so check out building requirements in California and Florida.
      hope that helps! feel free to contact us if you’d like professional review of your plans, construction details, etc.
      best of luck to you!

  50. alice shephard

    Near perfect for me…..except….would love “caboose” windows for viewing. Possible? I would choose to have a single murphy bed….and use the area as my sitting room. Also, cutting boards seem to be missing from tinyhomes. My board is used daily! Would a gambrel roof be better than sloped ?

  51. Yvette

    I Love this floor plan. Just that the bed is not at the same level of the rest of the house. I can see that there is steps. The floor plan is a bit like the Unity island bed 2015,5 from leisure travel ( If I could have my dream tiny house it would be based on the following rv conversion here ( How ever this bus is 35 feets long and I think the longest tiny house trailer I found was 24 ft. So I guess your house plan is a good compromise.

  52. Tara

    Hi, I’m 16 years old which seems young for someone looking for a home to live in. However I’ve lived with my boyfriend for well over a year and we’re starting saving for a home now, I’m currently in Ohio but I grew up in New Mexico and want to go home as soon as I’m 18. I hate the idea of living in the same area for my entire life, I want to travel. I also hate the idea of spending tons on a home while preparing for my life (college, National Guard ect.) So we found these mico-homes, tiny homes, whatever you want to call them. And I talked to Kyle about it, and frankly we both love the idea of owning a mini home. My only problem is I have absolutely no idea where to start. I want low cost, but I also don’t want to be tripping over each other. I don’t know if I should buy one premade or find the creativity to hand make one like you guys have. Just if you guys have any advice on where to start and the do’s and don’ts of things, please tell me!

    • Hi Tara! exciting!
      where to start… blogs. read all the internet blogs about people building and living in tiny houses. make sure to find research from people who have actually lived in them – they are incredibly small and that makes them less expensive and mobile but also cramped and potentially non-functional as a full time home.

      look into how often you would be towing it – should you stick to the 8′-6″ legal highway width? or bump the width to 10′-0″ wide and make a more liveable space but need to get a wide load permit to move it (legally).

      find a tiny house to stay in via Air BNB or tiny house listings and stay for a few nights – figure out if it is too small for you. last thing you want is to drop $15k – $25k and not be able to use it!

      best of luck!

  53. what about water supply – from a rain water tank?or what else?

  54. Lovely tiny house. Nice, spacious floor plan with tons of storage, something that seems to be missing from quite a few tiny homes. A questions though: how did you build that clever little swivel table for your couch? I like that it can be used as a ‘coffee table’ both couch occupants and then swing out as a little desk.

    • thanks! the swivel table is made out of standard galvanized plumbing components from the hardware store. it works really well, and can be completely unscrewed for the couch to be used as a bed.

  55. chris

    I like your unbiased replies. Sometimes on reading ,i find enthusiastic members of TH movement , tendnot to express the down sides.Although as far as i can see there are few. Main one ,were can we put them? The rest for practical persons is relatively easy. Choices ,of Out back,pad ,and infrastructure ,would be the second important thing to look at.Depending on that,would make the interior variants ,slightly different.And of course cost.A huge difference,say between a compost WC,to a 2/4 Ltr WC. Propane appliances to 110V. Personally i feel a TH ,is not for the faint of heart.
    Building a 35ft unit ,on a goose neck.!7 ton capacity,8-6 wide.13-6h.4 Axle,so 8 wheels.Having done a years research ,prior to buying base . 5th wheel/goose neck is the way to go.Although have just purchased a flat bed,as well.24 ft. Will be
    featuring construction on TH News and U Tube,in spring. Gonna call TH Weeza. LOL Weeza coming ,wezza going. Its a presentation for Home Free affordable housing.And they don’t know Weeza Commin! LOL. At 69 ,have nothing better to do. And loving it. Respectfully C.

  56. It is really a tiny house. I think I would need something a little bigger. I’m thinking about selling my house and downsizing sometime this year. I would have made the corners of the kitchen counter rounded and maybe the bed a little higher in order to have more closet space because it’s hard for my back to bend underneath, but if you are younger with no back problems it’s good then. I loved the swivel table idea also.
    I’m working on a new site for small space furniture and would like you to check it out and share your comments please. The idea came to me since I was looking to see what tight space furniture was out there for my future tiny house living and found many things but spread all over, so I’m working on everyday consolidating options for this new trend.
    I sincerely appreciate your comments.

  57. Fun to see others doing this. I want to build them to give away:

  58. Sharon Broadrick

    Are there communities in New Mexico where there are tiny houses set and for purchase? I am retiring and want one but don’t have a lot.

  59. chris

    So nicety see and read Questions about TH,s. Its not for the faint of heart.Building one and having the mindset to live in one . A life changer. Not a wish list thing.Reality check? Little do people realize the actual realistic Costs and complexity of construction.Especially when they want an all singing unit. Not blowing smoke because have built ,and am building a TH. A lot to take into consideration. This one 340 Sq Ft. Oh nice to see Dickenson Heater,there so small and attractive, No insurance yet but they are having CSA approval next year,i hope so.As just installing. Regards C

  60. Bill Van

    I love the concept of raising your bed up so high it becomes your closet. I’m about to start a gut and redo on an Airstream travel trailer, I’m so stealing that idea. And the storage in the steps to get up to bed level. Great idea. I also like the tiny sink in the shower, if you could do it over would you extend your shower head closer to the shower curtain and have the spray from the shower head shoot more towards the back of the enclosure?

    • thanks! yes, the under-bed closet was a great solution for us. the shower head location seems fine, I like it in the corner because it makes the tiny shower slightly larger. water never got out. I could see it working closer to the shower curtain as well.

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